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Open Days

If you are thinking about applying to Durham University, the best way to explore the wealth of opportunities on offer is to join us at our virtual events.

Our range of virtual events and activities provide a great way to find out more about Durham University, and to see for yourself what we offer. You'll hear from staff representing all academic departments, colleges and professional support services - plus have the opportunity to chat with current students.

You will get a real feel for what life could be like for you if you become a student at Durham University.

We host a number of virtual events throughout the year, including Discover Durham tours, online chats with students, Unibuddy connections, 1-to-1 personal statement sessions, and virtual open days. To find out more and book your place, please visit: durham.ac.uk/extraordinary2021

Obviously, once it’s safe to do so, we’ll also be offering opportunities to visit Durham in person again.

We look forward to meeting you!

Courses and fees

We offer over 200 undergraduate courses across 27 different departments taught by world-leading experts. At Durham you’ll find purpose-built lecture theatres and seminar rooms, as well as state-of-the art labs and well-stocked libraries. We are investing £350m in over 20 estate projects between 2017 and 2027 to ensure we provide facilities where you can innovate, inspire and create a positive impact on the world.

Many of our degrees offer the option of a placement year or year abroad, which provide excellent opportunities for gaining valuable skills and experience.

For a full range of the exciting courses on offer at Durham, browse our database: durham.ac.uk/courses

There is more than one route to University. Whatever your age, background, and qualifications, we’ll be happy to support your application. For information on contextual offers, access programmes, Foundation Programmes, and our International Study Centre, please visit: durham.ac.uk/study/ug/apply Tuition fees for our courses can be found in our courses database: durham.ac.uk/courses

We’re committed to supporting students from lower-income backgrounds, and are delighted to be able to offer a Durham Grant to students meeting certain criteria. We also offer a range of scholarships to support our students. Every college has a dedicated Student Support Officer who is there to talk to if you have any money worries.

For more information on finance, please see: durham.ac.uk/study/ug/finance

Term dates (and any other term info)

Induction Week 2021: 27 September 2021 - 3 October 2021
Michaelmas Term 2021: 4 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
Christmas vacation 2021-2022: 11 December 2021 - 9 January 2022
Epiphany Term 2022: 10 January 2022 - 18 March 2022
Easter vacation 2022: 19 March 2022 - 24 April 2022
Easter Term 2022: 25 April 2022 - 24 June 2022
Summer vacation 2022: 25 June 2022 - 25 September 2022

For more information on dates, please see: durham.ac.uk/dates


Our continual investment ensures that you have access to exceptional lecture theatres, seminar rooms and subject-specific facilities, such as science laboratories and dedicated libraries.

In 2019 we opened our brand new, state-of-the-art Centre for Learning and Teaching, with cutting-edge lecture theatres, teaching rooms and education labs. We are investing £40m in the development of a new building for Computing and Mathematics and are also investing £70m in a new home for Durham University Business School. These developments will provide exceptional spaces for learning, teaching and research.

Durham University Library and Collections offer a fantastic range of resources and study facilities, with staff on hand to help you find what you need. The University has many rare and internationally renowned special collections and archives, and the University Museums also provide a unique research resource for study.

As a Durham student, we will ensure you’ve got access to the latest in digital technology, with wireless coverage across campus and in study bedrooms, a free Microsoft Office 365 account, 1TB of cloud storage, lecture capture technology, and access to DUO, our virtual learning environment.

At Durham you will also have access to an extensive support network to help you make the most of your time at University. We have a number of professional support services, including counselling, disability support, faith provision, careers and childcare.


Our collegiate system makes Durham exceptional. Here, every student is a proud member of a college and every college has its own character and traditions. Each is an inspiring and supportive community. Most freshers choose to live in their college because colleges are where Durham’s outstanding student experience begins. Your college will be your home from home, the centre of your life at Durham.

There are 17 colleges in total, and no two colleges are the same – their architecture and settings are as distinct as their histories and traditions. The types of accommodation and catering options available vary across our colleges. Accommodation costs are based on whether your allocated college is catered or self-catered, and then by the room type the college offers.

Colleges provide, or have close access to, a range of facilities for studying, relaxing, socialising, sport and day-to-day living. Facilities in your college may include:

Library with study space
TV room
Laundry facilities
Games room Undergraduate and Postgraduate Common Rooms
Sports court
Music facilities
Performance space
Art room
Garden or outdoor area

Details of each college's accommodation can be found on individual college web pages: durham.ac.uk/experience/colleges/ourcolleges

Living here

There can be so much more to student life than studying – and nowhere more so than at Durham. Through our colleges, student organisations and Durham Students’ Union, you’ll find the support and inspiration to do whatever you love doing, or to try something new. The wider student experience at Durham is truly outstanding.

We offer one of the UK’s largest university sports programmes, with a huge range of opportunities available at both college and University level.

We have a huge volunteering and outreach network, with students taking part in over 80 different projects, and supporting local, national and international charities.

We have 30 different theatre companies which, together, produce over 100 shows every year. We have a thriving music scene too, with a huge range of choirs, orchestras, bands and world music ensembles.

Durham Students' Union is the representative body for all students of the University, and offers many different clubs and societies to join, as well as providing services, facilities and sources of advice.

Durham is a friendly and welcoming city, with the famous Cathedral and Castle, a designated World Heritage Site, at its heart. In the ancient cobbled streets, you’ll find shops and boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, and plenty of culture. From walks and boat trips along the River Wear, to street markets and museum visits, there is no shortage of things to do. You are certain to find your place here.

What students have to say

“With Durham, the emphasis was on potential. Rather than seeing me as a finished product I was able to make mistakes and learn in the process.” Emily Smith, English Literature

“The best thing about my placement was the opportunity to delve into an industry that is very different to my degree.” Shoaib Ahmed, Geography

“Before joining my college rowing team I had never even seen an oar – I can’t recommend it enough!” Katie Vause, Liberal Arts

“Every member of staff I’ve come across has been so lovely and always willing to help!” Rebecca Cabrera, Modern Languages

“I have learnt from some of the top minds in my field.” Sarah Ellington, Politics

“I never thought that I would be able to write long articles or engage in discussions with some of the best classical researchers.” James Hua, Classics

Find out more about what our students have to say on our student blog site: sites.durham.ac.uk/studentblog

Travel information

Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road